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In the August 2022 City of Port Townsend newsletter, City Manager John Mauro pointed out the importance of explaining acronyms. In that spirit, I would like to bring up a problematic acronym that … more
The Apiaceae, or carrot family, features root crops like carrots and parsnips, culinary herbs like dill, fennel, and parsley, and beneficial natives like biscuitroot and yarrow. But it also includes … more
Friends, the options for participating are exceeding any reasonable ability to participate. Last week was full of those options for us.  The so called “Opportunity Fair” was a … more
Military memories of an Army brat: That short Leader news item and photo recently about plans to restore the tiny gas station at Fort Worden grabbed me.  That’s because it looks like an … more
What’s a vegetable caviar?  It’s a dish made from finely chopped vegetables. A chunky, flavorful, roasted vegetable spread, that’s perfect for toast or with chips, on meats … more
I thought the town was empty except for the tourists. The locals wanted to stay home to handle the heat. How wrong could that be?   A lot. Brian Belmont thinks there may have been … more
Dawn comes early, even now, a full month after Solstice.  I roll out of bed at 4:45 a.m. — wakened by the gulls’ squawking outside my window — in order to get down to Point … more
As a rural community, our ability to respond to emergencies and recover from disaster is dependent on the networks and relationships we build in advance. Knowing where and how to connect to … more
We have now embarked into the era of carefully escaping from the doldrums and frustrations of the pandemic.  People, including BJ and I, seem to be getting out and enjoying the activities … more
Funny books and reading matter are my perennial favorites. Especially good writers like Joe Queenan, P.J. O’Rourke, and Christopher Buckley.  I’m always looking for funny reading, … more
Early last week I thought the only “Fortress of the Bear” was a bear rescue center in Sitka, Alaska. It currently houses several bears, mostly rescued as cubs from situations where … more
This afternoon, I harvested two varieties of kale — Mars Landing, a wonderful bronzy purple with light green undersides and smooth leaves, which I haven’t cooked with yet, and one of my … more
On June 1, 91 people across Jefferson County participated in the first community-wide Car Free Day by using less car-dependent ways to get to school, work, or to run errands, and overall 1,195 miles … more
You feel it, don’t you. The weather is better and family is coming to visit. Last week was full of our daughter and her family in town. We have no shame in getting them to do some things … more
A few oddments left out of our regular police and sheriff’s calls: — PT police were asked by a well-known, local, psychic exile where he could buy an air freshener for his … more
“Wild roses are fairest, and nature a better gardener than art.” – Louisa May Alcott The first roses appeared on earth about 35 million years ago, originating in Asia and … more
I know summer’s here when I hear our red-and-white ice-o-matic cranking, and three horn blasts from the SodaStream filling a liter of carbonated water. We’re both devoted to homemade … more
It was Independence Day and I had hoped for lots of flags and fireworks.   There were lots of flags but maybe fewer fireworks since it was damp and the local stand pulled out.   … more
One of the difficult problems this community faces when trying to deal with the problems of homelessness and desperation is the challenge of doing effective outreach to people who are most vulnerable … more
Congress has an opportunity to pass legislation that benefits all local citizens, businesses and even protects our democracy. The Local Journalism Sustainability Act, LJSA for short, should be … more
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